Blog Tour for Tradition by Brendan Kiely (review and giveaway)




Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Tradition by Brendan Kiely hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club.   I will be sharing my review and there will be a giveaway.




by Brendan Kiely

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary






Prestigious. Powerful. Privileged. This is Fullbrook Academy, an elite prep school where history looms in the leafy branches over its brick walkways. But some traditions upheld in its hallowed halls are profoundly dangerous.


Jules Devereux just wants to keep her head down, avoid distractions, and get into the right college, so she can leave Fullbrook and its old-boy social codes behind. She wants freedom, but ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends are determined to keep her in place.


Jamie Baxter feels like an imposter at Fullbrook, but the hockey scholarship that got him in has given him a chance to escape his past and fulfill the dreams of his parents and coaches, whose mantra rings in his ears: Don’t disappoint us.


When Jamie and Jules meet, they recognize in each other a similar instinct for survival, but at a school where girls in the student handbook are rated by their looks, athletes stack hockey pucks in dorm room windows like notches on a bedpost, and school-sponsored dances push first year girls out into the night with senior boys, the stakes for safe sex, real love, and true friendship couldn’t be higher.


As Jules and Jamie’s lives intertwine, and the pressures to play by the rules and remain silent about the school’s secrets intensify, they see Fullbrook for what it really is. That tradition, a word Fullbrook hides behind, can be ugly, even violent. Ultimately, Jules and Jamie are faced with the difficult question: can they stand together against classmates—and an institution—who believe they can do no wrong? 





My Review:


Tradition is one of those books that every teenager should read. I definitely need to warn people that this book is about sexual abuse.

Jules and Bax are the two narrators in Tradition. The book takes place in a private high school in New England. The majority of the kids that go there are extremely privalaged, their parents paying the $50,000 a year tuition without a problem. Bax (James Baxter, Buckeye) isn’t one of those kids. He is there to play hockey. Bax was given a second chance after he crippled someone playing football the year before. Jules is super smart, but is tired of all the typical bullshit that goes on in a school like Fullbrook.

I actually liked both Jules and Bax. Jules was a feminist, trying to get kids to listen even when they just called her crazy. She used to be popular until she broke up with one of the most popular guys at school. The same guy who ended up dating her friend right after. Bax struggles with his studies and fitting in, but he is a loyal friend and not at all into the “traditions” at Fullbrook.

Javi is the gay best friend of Jules. They actually dated before he came out. I adored him and their friendship. Aileen is kind of an outcast who joins their group. The friendship these four develop is strong and pretty amazing.

One night at a party, Jules is assaulted by her ex. He blames her and says she wanted it to happen. When she goes to the school, nothing happens. It becomes apparent that the school would rather ignore the issue. In fact, they have these traditions that almost encourage it. Mainly, the dance where seniors are paired up as dates with the freshmen. They called it the Senior Send-Off. The boys also had graffiti all over about girls. The hockey players stacked pucks in their rooms to show how many girls they slept with.

Jules finally decides that enough is enough and finds a way to make a statement, even if it means getting kicked out of school.

This is a powerful book that exposes what we see too much of on campuses, whether high schools or colleges. So many boys get away with these assaults and so many schools cover it up. I hope that students will read this book and get inspired by Jules. That they will see that they aren’t alone and they should stand up. I also hope that boys will read this and learn to respect girls and that no means no every time.

Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to review for a blog tour. I gave this book 4  1/2 stars.







Brendan Kiely is The New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, and was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in Greenwich Village. 




  • Prize: 5 copies of TRADITION by Brendan Kiely (5 winners will be chosen)
  • US Only
  • Starts: 5/1
  • Ends: 5/10

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Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you pick up Tradition soon.  Good luck on the giveaway!



Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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